India, Dheeraj Chhipa, Block Printing
Dheeraj Chhipa is a 7th generation of block-printing artisan from Bagru, Rajasthan, India. Dheeraj also a qualified textile designer from the Indian Institute of Craft and Design, Jaipur, India. He learnt the craft of Bagru printing, which is a combination of hand-block printing, resist-printing and natural dyeing from his father. He uses the traditional techniques of Fadat, Dabu and Bagru prints which are techniques that are at risk of being lost in Bagru. While many of the traditional textile printers of Bagru have shifted to screen-printing and pigment printing techniques, Dheeraj continues to use traditional techniques with the belief in sustainability and preservation of the indigenous knowledge systems of the craft practices in India.
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